Loft Beds or Bunk Beds – What’s the Difference?
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Loft beds are from the same family as bunk beds, in that they include an elevated bed on the top level that is usually reached by a ladder running up the end of the structure; unlike bunk beds they don’t have a lower bed. Instead they have an open space underneath that can be used for storage using a chest, drawers, shelves or even a desk or work station.
Sometimes the storage devices may be built in to the structure. This makes them popular in homes where space can be a problem – especially in kids’ rooms, where clutter and mess can be a problem and where loft beds will also hold some novelty value.
Sturdy, cheap loft beds are available at major online retailers like Amazon, as well as sites that focus on bunk bed style beds. They may be more expensive than bunk beds if they have built in storage areas or other features, as some do. For example, some of them will have a built in trundle bed that stores away and can be rolled out when needed to provide an extra sleeping surface.
As with other types of beds like cabin (captain’s) beds, designers have become more and more creative with loft beds to tap into their novelty value with children. This has created something of a resurgence in the popularity of kids loft beds. Nowadays there are ones specifically aimed at young girls bedrooms that are pink colored and Wendy House or cottage shaped, with slides and other accessories; likewise for boys there are loft beds in the theme of castles or boats.
The simplest kids loft beds, made of powder-coated steel and really just a frame with a slatted upper base for a twin mattress, a side rail for safety and a built-in ladder, are available for a couple of hundred dollars online, with the more elaborate themed ones, made from wood and with lots of built-in draws, closets and a workstation, rising to over two thousand dollars, even when discounted on Amazon.